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The V Side: Riff Raff, Nile, Shirley, Birdfoot, Simeon

THURSDAY / Hurray for the New Album: NOLA favorites, country/folk female-fronted Hurray for the Riff Raff kicks off its new album, "Look Out Mama," and a tour to boot. The new album, recorded by Andrija Tokic, also responsible for the acclaimed Alabama Shakes' Boys and Girls, is lush and experienced. Hearing the band perform new and old hits with the energy and force that will drive their East Coast tour will be a moving collective experience--their music is made for dancing, clapping, and sharing. Tour companions Spirit Family Reunion and Broken Wing Routine will also perform. Thursday, May 24, 10 p.m., dba, 618 Frenchmen St. $10.
THURSDAYAdventures on the Nile: The awesome artist/activist retreat formed in 2006 returns to the Blue Nile this year with an amazing all-star line-up, as local and national musicians discuss ways of infusing musicianship and philanthropy. Dear NOLA: A Concert for New Orleans benefits the Gulf Restoration Network and Sweet Home New Orleans. Locals Bonerama and Sunpie Barnes will perform alongside Elvis Perkins, Erin McKeown, Jeanie Schroder (Devotchka), Justin Poree (Ozomatli), Lateef The Truthspeaker, Martín Perna (Antibalas + Ocote Soul), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Spank Rock, Thao Nguyen (Thao And The Get Down Stay Down), and more. Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Blue Nile, 532 Frenchmen St. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Ricky Graham's standout performance as Shirley Valentine closes this weekend at the CAC. (Times-Picayune photo)

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY / Post-Feminism: The reviews are in, and people love Ricky Graham in the "one-woman show," Southern Rep's production of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, in which Graham portrays a middle-aged woman rediscovering herself. One wonders if Graham has added such a dimension to the role that Shirley will have a hard time being fully female in the future. Read more about the show from NolaVie contributor Barbara Motley here. Thursday May 24, Friday May 25, Saturday May 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday May 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAYA Different Kind of Festival:  Fans will flock to the "first-ever three day summer chamber music event" in New Orleans, Birdfoot Music Festival. "Beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Saturday, locals and visitors will have an opportunity to participate in either a free open rehearsal at the Jewish Community Center; or an evening performance at the Old U.S Mint in the French Quarter; or a twilight cocktail party in Piazza d’Italia with libations from Loew’s Hotel; or a gala celebration at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall." Read about the festival by NolaVie President Sharon Litwin here, and about the festival's founder by NolaVie contributor Keith Marshall here. Through Sunday, May 27. Multiple Locations. Festival Pass $55, $30 students. Individual event tickets available.
SUNDAY / Sterling Silver: If you weren't aware of him from his groundbreaking music career, the Automata art exhibition, or his legendary performance at the Allways Lounge last year, a treat awaits in discovery of Simeon of the Silver Apples. His band Amphibian Lark, which also features his companion Winn, will perform a free show in Bywater. This dynamic duo is noted for his revolutionary electronic music practices. Plus, Amphibian Lark gives you an opportunity to get out and support your local record store. Euclid keeps the practice of buying music alive. Sunday, May 27, 6 p.m., Euclid Records, 3401 Chartres St.
Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans people and events for NolaVie.